Friday, February 15, 2008

Thinking about titles

Comment from AG:

COLD IRON makes me think about faeries. cold iron is supposed to be one of the things that can really really hurt them, I guess kinda like vampires and garlic, only it hurts the good guys instead of keeping the bad guys away.

It's only really in that context that I've seen "cold iron" instead of just "iron."

Yeah. Which gives it a fantasy sound--and then you read it and there's a twist... Maybe.

The first book is blood magic, hence NEW BLOOD, because 1. there's a new sorceress, so she's "new blood" in the magicians council, and 2. blood magic has been essentially lost for 300 years, so it's new. I like that title. (Dunno if it will fly with editors.)

The second book, I want to call OLD SPIRITS, because the hero is a conjurer, so it looks at a different type of magic used in this universe (though in terms of how it mixes with blood magic). And the older a spirit the conjurer can conjure, the more powerful it is and the more magic can be worked. So I think OLD SPIRITS works for that one.

The third book, will have an alchemist, who works magic with physical elements and forces (water, metal, earth, electricity, etc.), and a wizard, who works herbal magic. I have NO clue what to call that one, which is why I thought COLD IRON might work, because there IS magic worked with iron. But there are no faeries.

Fantasy/paranormal books with "blood" in the title generally are assumed to be vampire books. This one isn't. Not a vampire in sight. So, in that way, the cold iron reference would be a similar twist. The titles I came up with that had something referring to the wizardry sounded squishy. Iron Flowers? Deep Earth? Rooted Deep? The adjective-noun pattern doesn't necessarily have to be followed, but it would be nice if I could...

Sometimes the titles just come (like SPIRITS--Floated up with the opening line and scene...). Sometimes I have to wrestle with them. A lot.

Mini beach report: The seagulls are growing in the black feathers on their heads. No more smudgy-white headed seagulls. They're going back to black. Mating season is at hand.

4 comments:

booklover said...

If there is iron, and magic, why don't call it iron magic? *curious* Good luck with titling it

Catie said...

I think COLD IRON goes pretty well with NEW BLOOD and OLD SPIRITS, my own self. :)

-Catie

AG said...

Cold Iron definitely fits the pattern. but "old" and "new" both have reasons. What's "cold" about the alchemists magic? Deep Earth or Dark Earth could work just as well (except maybe already taken).

You might want to focus on the adjective for a while.

Robin D Owens said...

Gail.....you have news?